(1) Lewis,Richard (1806) - Moldovan,John (1814) [B20]
Garden State Chess League 2010-11 Kenilworth, NJ (2), 04.11.2010
[Moldovan & Firebird 1.2]

board 2 G/75+5 (delay) B20 Sicilian Defense Snyder Variation

1.e4 e6 2.b3 c5 3.Bb2 Nc6 4.g3
[For 4.Nf3 see our game from the May 2009 Kenilworth Intra-Club match.]

[4...d6 stopping the following; and 4...d5 are the most frequent replies; having been played 15 & 10x respectively.]


This varies from the previously played Bg2. On the plus side, the advance gains space, the e4 square and opens the light-squared B's line but, on the minus, it reduces the Bb2's scope and yields the f5 & d5 squares. [5.Bg2 d6 6.Ne2 Be7 (6...d5 7.e5 Nd7 8.f4 Qb6 9.d3 Be7 10.Nd2 0-0 11.Nf3 f6= Gipouloux - P. Monbet Dufau : Mont de Marsan 2006) 7.0-0 0-0 8.d4 cxd4 9.Nxd4 Bd7 10.c4 Nxd4 11.Bxd4 Qc7 12.Nc3 a6 13.Qe2= Thiel - Hunger : Correspondence, E. Germany 1988]

/\ ...Ne7-f5 [I didn't want to yield more ground with 5...Nd5 6.c4 but that wouldn't have been bad.]

6.f4 Nge7
[6...Nh6 7.Bg2 Be7 followed by ...0-0 & ...f6 was a good alternative.]

7.Nf3 Nf5 8.Bg2 Be7 9.Na3 0-0 10.Nc4 b5
[10...d5 11.exd6 Nxd6 12.Nxd6 Bxd6 ]

11.Ne3 Nxe3
[>=11...Bb7 /\12.Nxf5 exf5 ]

12.dxe3 Bb7 13.Qe2 Qb6 14.Rd1
[>=14.0-0 ]


[>=14...Qa5+ 15.Kf2 Rad8 ]

This gives-up an Exchange for virtually nothing. The P @ d6 will only be a minor nusience. [15.0-0= ]

15...Bxd6 16.exd6-+ f6?!
[16...Qa5+ 17.Kf2 Qxa2-+ would have picked-up a P but I wasn't feeling well (I've had a cold all week) and just wanted to trade into an endgame, even if sacking a chip was involved. ]

[>=17.0-0 ]

[>=17...Qa5+ 18.Kf2 Qxa2 ]

18.Nxd4 cxd4 19.e5?
[>=19.Qd3 e5 20.0-0 ]

19...Bxg2 20.Qxg2 fxe5 21.fxe5 Qc5?
[21...Qa5+ 22.Kd1 Qxa2 23.Bxd4 Rac8 ]

22.Qe4 Rac8 23.Kd1 Rf8
[>=23...Rc6 24.Bxd4 Qa3 ]

24.Bxd4 Qc6?
[I should have played 24...Qb4-+ ; or 24...Qa3-+ ]

25.Qxc6 Rxc6 26.Kd2 Rfc8
[>=26...b4 ]

27.c3 Ra6 28.Ra1
This is the position I was aiming for at move 15 but converting it into a win won't be easy. White's going to have to err.

28...Kf7 29.Kd3 Kg6 30.h3 h6

Afterwards, Richard told me he played the K-side Ps "all wrong." [>=31.a3-/+ , keeping the status-quo there.]

[31...Rf8-+ ]

[32.a3-/+ ]

32...hxg4 33.Rf1?
[33.Rg1 Rxa2 34.Rxg4+ Kh7 ]

[>=33...Rh8 ]

34.h5+ Kxh5
Best... [...but, with my team ahead 2-0, 34...Kh7 35.Rf7 Rd8 36.Be3 Kg8 & a draw-offer was a good alternative.]

35.Rf7 Rd8?
This makes the R too passive and leaves my monarch out of play. [35...Kg6!! /\36.Rxd7 Rf8 , threatening 37...Rf3+ 38.Be3 Rxe3+! 39. Kxe3 g3, etc. , was murderous.] Now the game becomes complex.

36.Rxg7 Ra6?!
[>=36...a5 /\37.Bb6 Rb8! 38.Bc7 Rf8 ; or even 36...Ra1 ]

37.Be3 Rc6?
[37...Ra1-+ ]

38.Bxa7 Kh4 39.Be3 Kg3 40.Bg5?
[40.Rf7-/+ ]

[40...Rdc8-+ /\41.Rxd7? Rxc3+ 42.Kd2 R3c5 ]

41.Rxd7? Rf3+ 42.Be3

[>=42.Ke4 Rcxc3 43.Re7 Rxb3 44.Rxe6 ]

This puts the team's victory in danger. [42...Rc5-+ was right.]

43.Kxe3 Rxc3+ 44.Kd2?
[44.Kd4 ( /\44...Rxb3? 45.Rc7+- ) would have put White on top.]

Having had enough drama, Black offers a draw in a drawn position.

[>=45.Rf7= ]

45...Rd5+ 46.Kc2 Kf4 47.d7??
[47.Rg7 Kxe5 48.Rxg4 Kxd6 49.Kc3=/+ holds but a full point was needed.]

47...Kxe5-+ 48.b4? Kf6
Black again offers a draw, this time in a winning position. White accepts, conceding the match. Time left - Lewis 16:15 (or so), Moldovan 6:31 Estimated time used - Lewis 62:45, Moldovan 72:29 Longest think by White - 7 minutes for 30.h3 Longest think by Black - 10 minutes for 42...Rxe3+?? 1/2-1/2